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President’s Call for Internet Regulation Will Harm Manufacturers

The internet has contributed to the unprecedented growth of our economy over the last two decades largely due to a regulatory environment that has encouraged growth and investment.

The open internet has been especially beneficial to manufacturers in the United States as they have used communications tools to more efficiently operate their shopfloors and bring the most innovative products to market.

Unfortunately, President Obama’s statement today endorsing regulating the internet like a utility seriously threatens that continued growth. The NAM is strongly supportive of an open internet and therefore strongly disagrees with the President’s statement today.

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Manufacturing and Technology – One and The Same

Four leading technology companies, Verizon, Intel, Trimble and Teradata joined together today at a NAM D.A.T.A. Policy Center event to discuss the ongoing symbiotic relationship with manufacturing. The lines have blurred and in the 21st century manufacturing companies are, in fact, technology companies.

The NAM has long carried this message, and it was great to see it delivered live in downtown San Francisco at the Verizon Innovation Center – West.

At the luncheon panel discussion, the message was clear from all four companies – technology has transformed the manufacturing enterprise, supply chain management, and shop productivity. The connectivity between machines, largely powered by the Internet of Things (IOT) pushed what was already the most productive, innovative manufacturing workforce in the world to new heights.

Additionally, groundbreaking technology has allowed manufacturers in the U.S. to better leverage data, including production stats and customer feedback, to save money and ultimately create better products.

The NAM has strong roots in Silicon Valley. The D.A.T.A. Policy Center and events like these with high impact companies are taking that relationship to the next level.

Click here to read the blog series posted in advance of the event.

Brian Raymond is the Director of Technology Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Information the Name of the Game for Teradata

As part of a blog series in advance of tomorrow’s D.A.TA. Policy Center event hosted being held at the Verizon Innovation Center – West, we’re taking a look at how Teradata’s analytic solutions are influencing and affecting the renaissance in manufacturing and technology.

Data is often the name of the game – information is king and those that have it are better equipped to handle the ups and downs of a competitive economy. Teradata’s leadership status in analytic data solutions has been critical in helping manufacturers in the U.S. gaining a competitive advantage by adopting data-driven processes. Technology trends are always changing and manufacturers that have the understanding and advance insight are in a position to take advantage of openings in markets both at home and abroad.

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Intel Propels the Internet of Things

As part of a blog series in advance of tomorrow’s D.A.TA. Policy Center event hosted being held at the Verizon Innovation Center – West, we’re taking a look at how Intel is influencing and affecting the renaissance in manufacturing and technology. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to change the way we live and work, with the number of connected devices that can share data increasing at a dramatic pace. To drive manufacturing business transformation there are four key areas that are crucial to the success of the IoT: security, interoperability, industry standards, and scaling with the ecosystem.  As the resurgence of manufacturing continues to accelerate, Intel is propelling advances in IoT for the industrial sector by delivering and deploying solutions that help connect, secure, manage, and analyze devices and data.

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Trimble Taking Manufacturing New School

As part of a blog series in advance of tomorrow’s D.A.TA. Policy Center event hosted being held at the Verizon Innovation Center – West, we’re taking a look at how Verizon is influencing and affecting the renaissance in manufacturing and technology. 

Manufacturing has often been perceived as old-school – Trimble is focused on transforming the way many commercial or “outdoor” industries work with the use of advanced technology. In the construction, agricultural, and transportation industries, workers and their equipment are more connected than ever. We’ve seen game-changing increases in productivity and safety, making manufacturing into a truly “new-school” industry and a driver in the American economy.

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Verizon Helps Manufacturers Innovate and Compete

As part of a blog series in advance of tomorrow’s D.A.TA. Policy Center event hosted being held at the Verizon Innovation Center – West, we’re taking a look at how Verizon is influencing and affecting the renaissance in manufacturing and technology.

The intersection of manufacturing and technology will define the future of manufacturing in the U.S. Verizon closely partners with manufacturers to provide leading technologies such as cloud, Internet of Things, mobility, security and network solutions which are helping to drive innovation and solve for business challenges. Faced with industry challenges such as a looming talent shortage, accelerated time to market pressures, intense global competition and cyber espionage, manufacturers must innovate to remain competitive and thrive into the 21st century.

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House Lawmakers Invest in Manufacturers’ Innovation. Will the Senate Do the Same?

Last evening, the House passed the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI), a bill championed by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) that has the potential to strengthen the technology leadership position that manufacturers have worked years to establish.

Manufacturers in the United States have always been the world’s leading innovators, as demonstrated by their investments and research and development and prolific patent portfolios. RAMI marks another important investment in a public-private innovation partnership that will help drive manufacturing and facilitate the longevity of our industry’s comeback. The legislation creates a network of innovation centers that brings together business, schools and the government in a joint effort to accelerate the transfer of advanced manufacturing technology and techniques into the commercial sector.

RAMI has been a top legislative priority for the NAM. Our policy teams have tirelessly advocated for the legislation in congressional meetings with key lawmakers. The NAM also designated legislative action on RAMI as a Key Vote. Now that the House has done its part and passed the bill, it is time for the Senate to follow suit.

There is reason to be optimistic. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), the bipartisan sponsors of a Senate version of RAMI, sat down with the NAM’s Member Focus magazine to discuss how their bill would contribute to the manufacturing comeback. “This legislation will particularly help small and medium-sized manufacturers by helping companies gain access to cutting-edge capabilities and equipment and by educating and training students and workers in advanced manufacturing skills,” Blunt told Member Focus.

As NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons wrote to lawmakers in July, “This legislation will accelerate the development of advanced manufacturing technologies and solidify the United States as the best place in the world to innovate.” The NAM will continue its push to advance RAMI until it becomes law.

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House Acts on Cyber Bills Today, Senate Needs to Follow

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on four separate cybersecurity- related bills. The four pieces of legislation cover a number of issues ranging from improving the Federal cybersecurity workforce to facilitating more sharing of real-time threat information between the public and private sector. The NAM applauds the House for addressing a top priority for all manufacturers but we are still faced with a cold reality – if the Senate does not also act, none of these bills will become law.

The NAM has advocated aggressively for legislation that would increase the ability of the private sector to receive up-to-date information on the ever-present cyberthreat faced by manufacturers. Trade secrets, patents, customer data, and technological innovations are what separate manufacturers in the United States from their competitors. The NAM works on a number of different fronts to help protect this “secret sauce” but a government partner is needed. Federal Agencies have access to information that, if shared with the private sector, can do a great deal to help protect our innovation from bad actors. There has been a lot of talk from Congress about understanding this need, but little action.

Manufacturers place cybersecurity as one of their highest priorities. They are committed to keeping our assets secure and therefore keeping our nation safe. These and many other issues are at the top of the agenda of the NAM D.A.T.A. Center, a venue for NAM members to educate  policy makers and the general public to ensure they know the innovative breakthroughs in all aspects of life come from manufacturers. To get involved in the D.A.T.A. Center contact, Brian Raymond, NAM’s Director of Technology and Domestic Economic Policy.

NOTE:

The bills scheduled to be considered today by the House of Representatives are:

H.R. 2952 – The Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Act

H.R. 3107 – The Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act

H.R. 3696 – The National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

H.R. 3635 – Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act of 2013

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Internet Regulation Will Slow Manufacturing Growth

Manufacturers are innovation leaders. They leverage technology in every aspect of their business. It is in their products, their processes, and pervasive throughout their enterprise. All types of technology including software, sophisticated machines, and especially the internet have led to unprecedented growth in the manufacturing sector. Unfortunately, we continue to see more calls for regulation of the internet that if answered will only hinder manufacturing growth.

The issue of internet regulation and the negative impact it will have on manufacturing is not new to the NAM. We recently weighed in with the D.C. Circuit that the FCC did not have the authority to adopt rules to regulate the internet. The Court’s decision supported our position. And just today we heard Members of Congress and witnesses agree during a hearing of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that more regulation will stifle investment and innovation

Despite strong opposition by the courts, many policymakers, and especially manufacturers, some in Congress and the Administration still want to make another attempt to regulate the internet. As manufacturers utilize communications technologies to connect their shopfloors, their products, and their customers the NAM will continue to stress our member-driven policy: Regulations that have the potential to dampen private industry’s incentive to invest in technology and the internet will hurt the manufacturing comeback.

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NAM Weighs in with White House on Cybersecurity

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today joined more than 20 other associations from a diverse set of industries on a letter to White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel. The letter was in response to a May 22 blog by Daniel in which he recognized the important partnership that has to exist between the public and private sector in order to enhance our nation’s cybersecurity.

The NAM has called for legislation to increase the ability to share information between manufacturers and the federal government. This legislation has passed the House and we encourage the Senate to also act. Manufacturers have also actively participated in the development of the NIST Cybersecurity framework and will continue to engage. As the letter states, the NAM agrees with Mr. Daniel that the framework “should remain collaborative, voluntary, and innovative over the long term” and should not lead to a new regulatory regime.

Manufacturers are committed to keeping our assets secure and therefore keeping our nation safe. The letter captures many of the initiatives already underway across many industries to educate companies on the latest cybersecurity tools and trends. The NAM’s D.A.T.A. Center is highlighted in the letter as one of the innovative ways manufacturers are working together on the issue of cybersecurity and our other technology priorities.

The NAM and our members continue to remain vigilant against the persistent cyberthreat in today’s connected world. We are pleased to see the White House make these public statements that the want to partner with us in these efforts.

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